OpenStack China Tour Launches from Beijing

On September 16, OpenStack China Tour began its trip from Beijing, it is a series of OpenStack meetups organized by COSUG and CSDN in some Chinese major cities(Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Wuhan and Xi’an) in turn,  Beijing stop attracted more than 150 engineers to come to the scene , was held in workplace of Shanda Innovations. Core contribution engineers from Intel, Sina, IBM, Gamewave etc. made a presentation. It is worth mentioning that more than half hundred of engineers watched the whole meeting live through WebEx, and this is also thanks to the support provided by  Cisco.

 As the most influential OpenStack senior engineer and early evangelist in China, Hui Cheng gave a deep insight about the open ecosystem of OpenStack, and why does OpenStack become so successful. Hui shared the latest OpenStack events happened both at home and abroad.

“Sina, Intel, IBM, Baidu, Netease, HiSoft, China Standard Software, Gamewave Ltd., Shanghai Jiaotong University have become the first wave of OpenStack players in China” said Hui Cheng, lead manager of COSUG and technical leader of Sina OpenStack team,  “They have already deployed OpenStack to their production or testing environment, and some of them is also the active corporate contributor in OpenStack  projects. For example, Sina has already contributed more than 100 patches in the OpenStack Folsom release, and definitely will have more in Grizzly.”

In addition, Hui Cheng said, “Sina will join hands with some companies, such as Intel, IBM, and other major Chinese corporate contributors, to unite the R & D resources, and jointly develop for some project blueprint, thereby to enlarge the contribution from China.

Dr. Jinsong Liu, senior engineer from Intel, reviewed the history of virtualization, and Intel’s contribution to the OpenStack community. Jinsong Liu showed the Intel TXT security technologies at the chip level.

At present, Yongsheng Gong is full-timely working at IBM and focuses on the OpenStack research and development. He shared the Quantum project’s architecture as well as his own understanding. CSDN noticed that audience raised many questions about Quantum, and they worried whether Quantum can be applied to the production environment. In regards to this concern, Hui Cheng added, “Quantum version needs to be G version (ie the second quarter of 2013) in order to meet the requirements of real production environment.”

Rongze Zhu, an active contributor in Cinder/Nova project from Sina, introduced the status and objectives of Cinder. Cinder supports a lot of back-end storage, including open-source sheepdog, ceph, etc., and also including the storage products of major storage vendors, such as IBM, Dell, HP and NetApp. Rongze Zhu said, “Cinder’s emergence also gave domestic storage vendors an opportunity to participate in Cloud computing.” Zhu Rongze introduced how to write a driver to enable Cinder support their own storage products. “Domestic storage vendors can also be added to the OpenStack ecological chain, Sina is willing to provide support,” said Rongze Zhu.

Junqiang Chen, the SA engineer from Gamewave Group Limited,  illustrated how to use the chef management OpenStack efficiently. Besides, Junjiang Chen recommended to developers two good books: “Getting Real” and “ReWork“, both of which are from 37signals.

As a member of the SWS team, Yejia Xu is mainly responsible for the OpenStack Keystone project and the development of SWS auth and identify system. Meanwhile, he is also the core developer of SWS Dashboard. Yejia Xu shared the architecture, expansion, installation and configuration of Keystone.

Shake Chen is the most active volunteer and mentor in COSUG, who has much experiences in OpenStack deployment,  he  contrast Xen and KVM, and evaluated some major opponents of OpenStack. Additionally, Shake Chen commented on several major IaaS platforms in China. According to him, AWS is still the giant of the entire cloud computing market, the domestic IaaS market is still in the incubation stage.

In the end, Hui Cheng, the lead manager of COSUG and co-organizer of OpenStack China Tour, expressed his sincere thanks to CSDN, the awesome partner of COSUG, and Shanda Innovations, who provides the venue and free drinks, as well as Cisco, who sponsored the WebEx online live video broadcast.

The next stop of this tour will be Shenzhen(event link), and welcome stackers from southern China and Hong Kong to participate.

Yan Bao from CSDN has much contribution to this news report.



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